Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Faith Perspectives: Hope in Troubled Times

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Faith Perspectives: Hope in Troubled Times

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Last Saturday, I was honored to be part of a group of strong, brave and courageous women who met in the parish hall of Mary, Mother of the Church to discuss the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church that is affecting every one of us.

We spoke of our anger, rage, pain and betrayal. Emotions were strong. Tears were shed. We asked, what are we going to do about it?

After the meeting we felt motivated and hopeful. The group felt it was vital for women at the other parishes to also have the opportunity to meet as we did to discuss this crisis and find viable solutions. Hopefully, surrounding parishes will also take steps to set up forums such as ours.

We set a date for our next meeting: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in the parish hall. And we want to invite women from other parishes and churches. They are always welcome to join us at Mary, Mother.

Whenever there is a controversial subject, the response can be both positive and negative. This time was no exception. Along with the supporters there are naysayers. We welcome them all. It's important that all the women feel safe and secure when they attend our forum. There are no limitations of any kind on what they want to share or express with their opinions.

What else is on the agenda for the future? What is our next step? What is our ultimate goal?

We want a seat at the table! We want to form a council of women and men. We want this council to review all the past and current action taken regarding sexual complaints. We want to meet directly with the archbishop to discuss our concerns. It goes without saying that we expect anyone with a credible accusation pending to be immediately removed from any and all contact with minors. Only when all legal issues have been resolved may these restrictions be lifted. No one wants to err ever again when it comes to our children. …

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